Fish

Standing sentinel over the Umpqua River’s steelhead
Standing sentinel over the Umpqua River’s steelhead
A Buddhist fly-angler in Oregon protects fish from death by dynamite.
The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The endangered whales are at a 30-year low, tied to depressed chinook salmon runs.
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
2017 Bell Prize runner-up: A writer reflects on salmon as symbol.
Can pallid sturgeon hang on in the overworked Missouri River?
Can pallid sturgeon hang on in the overworked Missouri River?
In the dam-locked Upper Missouri, scientists search for signs that the ancient species hasn't reached the end of its line.
On second thought, Mr. Cheney
On second thought, Mr. Cheney
Ted Williams finds it more than ironic that Dick Cheney -- a well-known foe of fish and rivers -- was invited to speak at a fly-fishing museum.
A River Once More
In Oregon, a revolutionary community alliance is working to put water – and steelhead trout – back into the Deschutes River
County and Forest Service bury the shovel
Elko County, Nev., has made an agreement with the Forest Service to end the long-running fight over a dirt road in Jarbidge Canyon on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Hobby miners flock to public streams
Amateur gold prospectors are invading the West’s publicly owned streams, and environmentalists say the hobby’s popularity threatens fish and the environment
Columbia River dams revived
In Washington, tribes have been shut out of a plan for new Columbia River dams that are being touted as good for salmon as well as farmers
Trouble in the Delta
The San Francisco Bay-Delta Authority votes to disband, even as the Bay-Delta itself -- beset by high water exports, disappearing fish and declining water quality – may be dying
Tiny stream invaders may harm Western trout
The tiny New Zealand mud snails that are rapidly invading the West’s waters may pose a threat to the region’s trout
Lewis and Clark trout at 200
The writer hails the cutthroat trout, a fish that Lewis and Clark enjoyed eating 200 years ago
Protecting the treaty, saving the fish
Kat Brigham of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla has devoted her life to fighting for tribal fishing rights and the survival of salmon on the Columbia River
In the Washington woods, managers face a catch-22
The Forests and Fish plan was supposed to help both salmon and the timber industry in Washington State, but clauses in the agreement may tilt it against wildlife
Who owns Klamath water — farmers or the public?
A judge rules that Pacific Coast fishermen can intervene as a third party in a lawsuit between Klamath River Basin farmers and the federal government
The public pays to keep water in a river
Three important "takings" lawsuits claim farmers should be compensated when water is withheld from irrigators in order to help endangered species during times of drought
Peace breaks out on the Rio Grande
A groundbreaking settlement between New Mexico environmentalists and the city of Albuquerque may keep water in the Middle Rio Grande and help both farmers and endangered silvery minnows
Cows versus condos -- Northwest style
Some say that Washington’s Forests and Fish rules could be so hard on small timber farms that the owners are likely to sell out to development, to the detriment of salmon and other wildlife
Small tribe in Idaho weighs big water deal
The Nez Perce tribe is close to a major water-rights settlement with Idaho and the federal government, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea for the tribe or for endangered salmon.
Judge says Klamath plan needs revisions
The Bureau of Reclamation’s management plan for the Klamath River Basin has been sent back to the drawing board
War on fire takes a toll on fish
The group Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics is calling for Forest Service firefighters to be more careful with fire retardants, which are causing fish kills in Western streams
A landslide suit for salmon
An Oregon environmental coalition is suing the state saying that 20-foot-wide logging buffers besides streams do little to prevent landslides in salmon habitat.
Evicted terns get new habitat
In an effort to help endangered salmon on the Columbia River, Caspian terns that prey on the fish are being lured to different habitat.
Tribes fight to clear the roads for salmon
Twenty tribes file suit against the state of Washington, saying that the state violates treaty rights by not repairing the thousands of culverts that prevent endangered salmon from returning to their spawning grounds.